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The Red State Blues: The Official Podcast of the Wyoming Democratic Party

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Welcome to The Red State Blues: The Official Podcast of the Wyoming Democratic Party. Hear from past, present, and future political officials, party leaders, and everyday Wyomingites as they talk politics and life as blue dots in a red state.
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Here for Good!

Here for Good!

2023-06-1635:17

Join Chair Joe Barbuto & Executive Director Ryan Greene for a casual chat about Wyoming politics. This week's topics include Pride Month festivities across the state, Superintendent Degenfelder's war on public education, and the many ways that Wyoming Democrats are here doing good work in our state. Donate here to help us continue working toward a brighter future for Wyoming!Support the Show.
Join Chair Joe Barbuto & Executive Director Ryan Greene for a casual chat about Wyoming politics. This week's topics include Wyoming GOP's purity tests, Frank Eathorne's RINO hunting expedition, what it means to be a Democrat in Wyoming, finding common ground through common sense, and so much more. Don't miss our big summer event! The Blue Bison Dinner is May 27th, 2023 in Riverton. Find tickets HERE.Support the Show.
Dams and Districts

Dams and Districts

2021-10-0829:21

On today's episode of The Red State Blues, we speak to Converse County's Vickie Goodwin about the dangerously unstable La Prele Dam and the amazing people and places that are threatened by its potential failure. We also speak to Teton County's Ryan Sedgely about his hopes for a unified Yellowstone as part of the redistricting process. Support the Show.
Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm Syndrome

2021-09-1542:55

In today's episode, Deputy Communications Director Lindsey Hanlon is joined by her good friend Richard Ford Burley. Richard originally hails from Canada and currently lives in New Hampshire, making him the perfect test subject for today's topic: testing how outsiders react to Wyoming politics! We Wyomingites develop something similar to Stockholm Syndrome, where we stop thinking that there is anything strange about just how unusual Wyoming politics can be. With a bit of outside perspective an...
Legislators and Loaves

Legislators and Loaves

2021-06-1123:07

Today on the Red State Blues, we speak with Marcie Kindred about the innovative methods she used to connect with Senator Lynn Hutchings about the topic of Medicaid expansion, what it means when we can find common ground, and what legislators can learn after they have disappointed their constituents. Support the Show.
Today, on the Red State Blues, we talk about the different ways you can build community. First we'll speak with County Commissioner Natalia Macker from Teton County about the ways that we can address infrastructure needs like housing and childcare shortages by being mindful at every step of project development. Then we'll speak with Laramie County vice chair Jen Pasqua about the Community Service team she has put together, and how her team is putting in the work to show their community how mu...
Promise and Peril

Promise and Peril

2021-04-1646:54

Today, on the red state blues, we start a series of episodes on infrastructure in Wyoming, and how it may be improved by the American Jobs Plan.Nina speaks with Ted Hanlon about the promises of home energy systems and the ways that renewable energy can bring good union jobs to the state. Then Lindsey speaks with Washakie Democratic Party Chair Mandy Weaver about the perils of living under infrastructure monopolies, or even lacking elements of infrastructure entirely. Support the Show.
Help is Here

Help is Here

2021-04-0725:00

Today, on the Red State Blues, Nina and Lindsey discuss how the American Rescue Plan is making marketplace health insurance coverage more affordable for many people, including Lindsey herself. They also discuss the history of Democratic progress in the healthcare field, and the other ways the American Rescue Plan is helping those who have been hurt by COVID-19.Support the Show.
Help and Healthcare

Help and Healthcare

2021-03-3124:02

Today on the Red State Blues: Even as we celebrate all of the good that the American Rescue Plan will do for our state, we wait with anxious anticipation to learn the fate of HB 162, which will determine the future of Medicaid expansion in Wyoming. Medicaid expansion is a necessary move for the good of 25,000 Wyoming residents, and one that the Republican legislature has been resisting for a decade. Today we will hear from one Wyomingite, Elizabeth Hiatt of Laramie, who knows better than most...
Today, on the Red State Blues, I’ll speak with Nina Hebert, Wyoming Democratic Party Communications and Digital Director about the upcoming Nellie Tayloe Ross Banquet, the biggest fundraiser in the WyoDem year! Support the Show.
Civics and Citizens

Civics and Citizens

2021-01-2937:00

Today, on the Red State Blues, we continue talking about down ballot and nonpartisan races. First we’ll speak with Patrick Collins, the newly elected Mayor of Cheyenne, about the organization of city government and the importance of connecting with your entire community. Then we’ll speak to Nathan Breen, former Laramie County School District #1 board member, about selecting a strong superintendent and how some civics education can benefit everyone. Support the Show.
Today, on The Red State Blues, we have our first of many episodes looking at down ballot offices. Some of the most vital decisions that we make as voters happen further down the ballot than a lot of people pay attention to-- school boards, county commissioners, city council members, college trustee boards, mayors, and special district boards all have a direct effect on our day-to-day life. We’ll be talking to people who currently hold these positions or have held them in the past, about what ...
Today on The Red State Blues, we have part two of our episodes focusing on the awesome things that county parties can do. First we’ll speak with Hollis Hackman, Chair of the Sheridan County Democratic Party, about that county’s efforts to increase their precinct committee person ranks. Then we’ll speak with Greg Haas, Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party, about what his county decided to do to boost Wyoming Dems and the county party when they sadly had no local Dems on the ballot.&nbs...
Today on the Red State Blues, we have the first of two episodes dedicated to our county parties, and what our county parties can do. Our county parties are so much more than a meeting every month and reading over the minutes; they are active parts of democracy in action in Wyoming. Today we'll hear from the Albany County Democratic Party Chair, Carrie Murthy, about the process Albany County went through to replace an elected official (something that all of our parties may be called on to...
Today, on the Red State Blues, Deputy Communications Director Lindsey Hanlon speaks to House District 54 candidate Kevin Wilson about answering the call to service. Executive Director Sarah Hunt chats with Natrona County Democratic Party Chair Debbie Bovee about building the party and preventing lawn sign thefts. Finally, Paul Weaver, Deputy Director of Campaign Services, talks about Wyoming’s most pressing issues with incumbent Stan Blake of House District 39 and James Byrd, former Rep...
Homes and Hopes

Homes and Hopes

2020-10-2836:04

Today, on The Red State Blues, Deputy Communications Director Lindsey Hanlon will speak to two of Sweetwater County’s finest about what makes their home great, Senator Liisa Anselmi-Dalton who is running for re-election in Senate District 12, and Lindsey Travis, who is running for House District 60. Executive Director Sarah Hunt will speak to Carrie Murthy, the chair of the Albany County Dems, about how bringing in new blood while celebrating party stalwarts has strengthened the Albany County...
Today on The Red State Blues, Deputy Communications Director Lindsey Hanlon does a joint interview with Jackie Grimes, candidate for Senate District 10, and Trey Sherwood, candidate for House District 14, about the benefits of running for office with friends and how candidates can assist and inspire one another. Lindsey also speaks with Jane Ifland, candidate for House District 57, about the importance of persistence and a powerful imagination. Finally, we’ll hear from a lifelong Republican w...
People Power

People Power

2020-10-0127:27

In today's episode of The Red State Blues, Wyoming Democratic Party Chair Joe M. Barbuto will speak to Rodger McDaniel-- author, pastor, and former Wyoming state Representative and state Senator-- about the differences between Wyoming politics when McDaniel served and Wyoming politics today, as well as how politics and faith intertwine. Deputy Communications Director Lindsey Hanlon will speak to US Representative candidate Lynnette Grey Bull about Grey Bull's lifetime of serving others and ho...
Energy and Excitement

Energy and Excitement

2020-09-2525:17

Welcome to the first episode of The Red State Blues: The Official Podcast of the Wyoming Democratic Party! Today, Director of Operations Dawn Barela will speak with former Congressional candidate Gary Trauner about lessons learned on the campaign trail, and what today's political landscape looks like in Wyoming. Communications Director Nina Hebert will talk to our US Senate candidate, Dr. Merav Ben-David, about her amazing plans for Wyoming's future and her favorite campaign companions. Execu...
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